Daly Officially Files for AD-69

OC Clerk Recorder and former Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly formally filed his candidacy papers for AD-69, the assembly seat currently held by State Rep Jose Solorio.  This should put to bed questions on whether or not Daly is committed to the race.

Here’s the press release that crossed our desks, sans contact information:


 Orange County Clerk-Recorder Formally Files Paperwork & Declares Candidacy To Succeed Termed-Out State Assemblyman Jose Solorio In Central Orange County’s 69th State Assembly District

SANTA ANA – Orange County Clerk-Recorder, and former Anaheim Mayor, Tom Daly has filed paperwork with the Orange County Registrar of Voters and declared his candidacy to become a formal candidate for central Orange County’s 69th State Assembly District.  The seat will become vacant this fall with the departure of termed-out State Assemblyman Jose Solorio, who has endorsed Daly’s effort to replace him. 

“As a lifelong resident of the 69th Assembly District who has represented the area as a city and county elected official, I believe I have the experience to help make Sacramento productive again,” said Daly.  “I intend to make a difference for the residents and business community of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, and Santa Ana.”  He plans to focus his campaign and work in the State Legislature on creating jobs and improving schools. 

Daly would bring a solid record of experience and a history of results with him to the State Legislature.  Presently the only countywide elected Democrat in Orange County, he has served the last ten years as Orange County’s elected Clerk-Recorder.  Prior to his election as Clerk-Recorder, Daly served as Mayor of Anaheim for ten years, as an Anaheim City Councilman for four years, and as member of the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees for three years. 

As Mayor of Anaheim, Daly helped build the largest budget surplus in the city’s history, increased police patrols, opened After School programs to help youngsters with school work and stay out of trouble, and developed eight new City parks throughout the city.  As Clerk-Recorder, he’s led an agency with the lowest property recording fee among California’s counties, and recently won Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government award for innovation.

Daly has assembled a respected campaign team for his Assembly race.  Richie Ross of Ross Communications has been retained as his lead consultant and strategist, Genelle Buchert of Buchert Consulting is handling fundraising, and Jessica Mejia will be running the campaign’s field program.  They’ve all been part of winning campaign teams in Orange County and other parts of the state.

 “I’m proud of my campaign team and also the growing list of local elected officials and community and business leaders who have endorsed my candidacy,” said Daly.  “We plan on running an aggressive and smart campaign.”